Alaska Fly Fishing Lodge
The Royal Coachman Lodge
Bristol Bay, Alaska
The Royal Coachman, a remote Alaska fly fishing lodge, offers daily fly-outs to over thirty different rivers, with 20 Jon boats on ten rivers in the area. The Lodge is located in the middle of Wood River Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in Alaska, with 1.6 million acres. Royal Coachman is close to Sold-Out for the 2021 season. It's not too early to book for 2022.
Remote Alaska Fly Fishing
Fish the upper Nushagak, Kvichak, and other numerous rivers and lakes. The Lodge has two DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes that allow guests access to 32 different rivers,
flying up to 120 miles one way per day (weather permitting). Their three pilots have over 60-years of combined experience flying bush planes in Alaska.
Species: Five species of Pacific salmon (king, sockeye, pink, silver, and chum), rainbow trout, grayling, northern pike, arctic char, and many other species. Target pike over 40-inches, rainbows up to 15 pounds, char over 30-inches, and grayling up to 22-inches. All fishing is with single, barbless hooks. You can keep up to five salmon during the week, although the Lodge has a strict catch-and-release for freshwater species.
Physical condition: You'll need to be in moderate to good physical condition as the daily fly-outs often involve hiking to the fishing areas and then wading.
Your guides have the flexibility to go where the fishing is best for the species you want to target.
Boats: They have nearly 20 Jon boats, with 40-HP jet units, on ten rivers within the area.
Guides: Their guides have fished around the world and make this their career. Two anglers per guide. On average, the guides have been with the Lodge for twelve years. They can help the beginner learn how to cast or show the experienced fly fishermen how to reach a tricky undercut bank.
Equipment: The Lodge has a limited amount of gear available for guests to use, and offer rod/reel rentals at $75.00 per person for the week. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
License: Your fishing license ($70.00 in 2020), and king salmon stamp, if applicable ($45.00 in 2020) are not included in the package.
A Typical Fishing Day:
You’ll enjoy full fishing days, beginning with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and departing from the Lodge at about 8:00 a.m. You’ll return to the Lodge at 6:00 p.m. to rest, rejuvenate and enjoy appetizers before dinner, served at 7:30 p.m. Each evening, you'll sit down with staff to review plans for the next fishing day.
Royal Coachman Lodge
Royal Coachman is on the Nuyakuk River. The Lodge hosts 10 to 12-anglers each week, with 10-12 people on staff.
There are four furnished one-and two-bedroom guest cottages with private baths, independent heat, comfortable beds, and spectacular views of the river. The main lodge
houses the kitchen, dining room, lounge, library corner, a massage room, and one well-appointed guest room with a double and a twin bed and a private bathroom.
Meals: Freshly baked bread, rolls, and pastries are served at each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary but typically include New York steak, prime rib, halibut, a variety of Alaskan seafood, and similar items. Lunches are prepared by the Lodge kitchen staff and are often supplemented by fresh fish cooked on the stream bank. Homemade soups, bread, pastries, and desserts are the specialties of the house.
The Lodge can sleep up to 12 guests, so there are single cabins to family cabins, depending on the size of your group.
Activities: The Lodge offers free bear viewing trips to the famous Brooks Falls in July. Sea kayaks are also available for you to use.
Getting to the Lodge:
On Sunday, you'll arrive in Anchorage at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International. At approx. 11:30 a.m., you’ll take a scenic 90-minute charter flight to Dillingham. A Lodge representative will meet you at the airport and drive you about 30 miles to Aleknagik, where you'll take a 30-minute floatplane flight to the Lodge. You'll arrive at the Lodge at about 3:00 p.m. The luggage flight will get to the Lodge about 6:00 p.m. (The charter flight Anchorage to Dillingham is not included in the package and runs approx. $580.00 p.p. The floatplane flight Dillingham to the Lodge is included in the package.)
7-nights and 6-days guided daily fly-out trips, weather permitting. Sunday to Sunday.
$10,050.00 per person
Pull together a
Group of four or more anglers: $9,700.00 per person
Group of ten or more anglers: $9,350.00 per person
Airport reception in Dillingham, roundtrip floatplane transfer Dillingham to the Lodge, lodging and meals at the Lodge, guided fishing, flies, guided daily fly-out trips from the Lodge (weather permitting), and taxes.
Packages Do Not Include:
Airfare to Anchorage and Dillingham (charter flight from Anchorage to Dillingham approx. $580.00 p.p.), personal gear, rods, reels, liquor, King Salmon stamp if applicable ($45.00 in 2020), fishing license ($70.00 in 2020), the possibility of a fuel surcharge (the Lodge has had only one in 30-years), laundry service, or gratuities. They have a limited amount of gear available for guests to use and offer rod/reel rentals for the week at $75.00 per person. Hotel rooms or food expenses incurred due to weather delays are also not included, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Flies are included in the package, and there is a large selection available at the Lodge. Spin gear is not included. A 4-to 6-weight fly rod is recommended for non-salmon species, a 7-to 9-weight rod for salmon, and a 9-to 10-weight rod for kings. Floating lines and sink tips are effective, especially for kings.
Strict catch-and-release policy for freshwater species. You may, however, ship home five salmon from your trip (if available). The Lodge will prepare, package, and freeze your catch for the trip home.
32 Rivers to choose from . . .
With nearly 20 boats scattered throughout the region and access to many rivers where a boat is unnecessary. You'll have an number of fisheries to choose from each day.
Nushagak King Salmon Fishing
King salmon start running up the Nushagak River around mid-June and up the coastal river around July 1st. King fishing remains good until the end of July. The Nushagak is a large river with many braided sections, and although fly fishing is difficult in bigger parts of the river, the smaller braided areas can produce great fly fishing for these hard fighting beasts.
Northern Pike Fishing
Pike up to 10-pounds are common in these rivers, lakes, and sloughs, and fish weighing up to 30-pounds and measuring over four feet in length have been caught by lodge guests. Pike love mouse patterns and have one of the most aggressive topwater strikes in freshwater.
Rainbow Fishing - Bristol Bay
Fish for rainbows, char, and dolly varden from more than fifteen rivers, ranging from small wading streams to larger rivers such as the upper Nushagak and Kvichak. Rainbow trout are abundant in the clear water lakes and streams draining into Bristol Bay. Early in the year, rainbows respond well to traditional dry flies and nymphing techniques.
Royal Coachman caters to 12 anglers per week.
The Lodge prides itself on the quality and quantity of food available to its guests. Freshly baked bread, rolls, and pastries are served at each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary but typically include New York steak, prime rib, halibut, a variety of Alaskan seafood... Snacks are always available. Appetizers each evening. There's a telephone at the Lodge and free Wi-Fi.